Recently signed Dimitris Giannoulis returns to the Norwich City grid against Stoke
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Emi Buendia returns to Norwich City’s starting XI after being suspended this afternoon This is one of three changes Daniel Farke made to a play-off bout that haunted Stoke City

Dimitris Giannoulis, who was recently signed, is returning to left-back in place of Jacob Sorensen after resting from last Friday’s 2-0 loss in Swansea

Buendia replaces Przemek Placheta and there is no place for the Polish international on the bench Mario Vrancic also returns to the attacking midfield and Lukas Rupp falls on the bench, while Kenny McLean penetrates deeper into the central midfield

Left-back Xavi Quintilla is also back on the bench after an absence of six games due to a fight against Covid-19, with the young Bali Mumba not in the squad

The Canaries’ first goal is to end a four-game drought that helped them lose first place to Brentford after nearly three months on the summit The top scorer Teemu Pukki managed only two penalties in eight league games in his last game

City today has the opportunity to regain the championship lead Brentford is not in action until Barnsley is the guest on Sunday afternoon and Swansea’s game in third place in Sheffield is postponed on Wednesday

Farke’s team won a dramatic match 3-2 at Stoke in November and took a 3-0 lead However, Tim Krul limped late in the first half to take a two month injury break and Buendia was sent off for an unnecessary second yellow card, leading to a chaotic final in 20 minutes when the Potters hit back

Striker Jordan Hugill (thigh) and midfielder Marco Stiepermann (Virus) could train fully again next week, but full-back Sam Byram is still in individual training after almost a year after two thigh surgeries

Michael McGovern will miss most of the remainder of the season following a thigh surgery earlier this year and Orjan Nyland, recently linked with number one goalkeeper Tim Krul, is still in full swing / p>

Stoke come to Norfolk in eight league games without a win, although six of them have been drawn This leaves Michael O’Neill’s team in ninth place and still has a chance to get into the top six

The Potters are unbeaten in nine away games, although only two of them have won. Only Millwall (14) has drawn more games than Stoke (12) in the championship this season

Visitors have Norfolk born Canarian academy product Angus Gunn in goal, who played 51 games for his former club in 2017-18 while on loan from Manchester City

That brought a lot of money to Southampton but he signed for Stoke on loan in October After four games there was an ankle injury and Gunn missed two months but came back in the last two games and stayed at 0 last weekend: 0 tie in Reading with no clean sheet

The other former City player in their ranks is Welsh center forward Sam Vokes on the bench, who has been on the sidelines of O’Neill’s side this season and has scored once in 19 games

Vokes scored one goal in four games for Norwich in April 2011 on loan from Wolves and helped Paul Lambert’s squad seal promotion to the championship

The Potters make two changes Nick Powell returns after two games with a hamstring injury, replacing James McClean in attacking midfield James Chester replaces Danny Batth in central defense after missing the Reading draw with one blow

Sheffield United full-back Rhys Norrington-Davies on loan has been suspended for a recent red card Talented striker Tyrese Campbell remains a victim of a long-term injury as he recovers from a knee injury

NORWICH (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Giannoulis; Skipp, McLean; Buendia, Vrancic, Cantwell; Pukki Subs: Barden (GK), Zimmermann, Quintilla, Sorensen, Tettey, Rupp, Dowell, Hernandez, Idah

STOKE (4-3-3): Gunn; Collins, Souttar, Chester, Fox; Allen, Mikel (C), Clucas; Clarke, Fletcher, Powell Subs: Bursik (GK), Batth, Smith, McClean, Brown, Cousins, Thompson, Vokes, Matondo

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